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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Contribution Paper

Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 3.44

#mulherescompartido: an analysis of women's participation in the 2018 Brazilian Elections


  • Dr. Felipe Bruno MARTINS FERNANDES

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Based on the dossier “#mulherescompartido: resistances, struggles and achievements in Northeastern politics” of the journal Cadernos de Gênero e Diversidade (COSTA, FERNANDES, 2018), the presentation will focus on the participation of women in left-wing political parties during the 2018 Brazilian Elections, particularly in the negotiations of their candidatures. With the support of a large team of researchers from universities in the Brazilian Northeast region, one of the biggest and poorest in the country, six candidates were interviewed: Vera Lúcia (PSTU/SE) - candidate for the presidency of the republic; Kátia Born (PDT/AL) - current secretary of health of the municipality of Palmeira dos Índios in Alagoas; Marília Arraes (PT/PE) - federal deputy for the state of Pernambuco; Célia Sacramento (REDE/BA) - candidate for the government of the state of Bahia; Sandra Marrocos (PSB/PB) - current councilor of the capital of Paraíba; and Maria do Céu (PSOL/CE) - candidate for federal deputy for the state of Ceará. Understanding political parties as androcentric institutions that reproduce male domination, these women find in the political parties the legal conditions to launch their candidacies, as well as a way of creating a focus, on the public scene, to the values of feminist movements and theories, including what Salete Maria da Silva (2018) pointed out, that a democracy only exists in fact with the full participation of women.